Sanders and Michelle Obama spoke at the first virtual Democratic Party Convention in Wisconsin.
Senator Bernie Sanders, the leader of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, called on his supporters to unite around the candidacy of Joe Biden, warning that the future of American democracy will be “at-risk” if Donald Trump is re-elected to a second term in the elections in November.
The Vermont Senator called on voters to rally against “greed, oligarchy, and authoritarianism.”
“My friends, I want to tell you and everyone who supported other candidates in these primaries, and those who may have voted for Donald Trump in previous elections: the future of our democracy is under threat,” Sanders said. The future of our planet is under threat. We must unite, defeat Donald Trump, and elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as our next President and Vice President. Friends, the cost of defeat is so high that it is difficult to imagine.”
Former first lady Michelle Obama made the same appeal, highlighting Biden’s human and leadership qualities in her video.
“I know Joe is a deeply decent man who is driven by faith. He was an amazing Vice President; he knows what needs to be done to save the economy, defeat the pandemic, and lead our country,” said Michelle Obama. – And he can listen. He will tell the truth and trust the scientists. He will make smart plans and lead a good team. And he will rule us as a man who has lived a life to which we can all pay homage.”
One of the speakers on the first day of the Democratic Party Convention was a Republican – former Ohio Governor John Kasich, a longtime critic of Donald Trump.
“I have been a Republican all my life, but party affiliation must give way to the responsibility to my country, which is why I decided to speak at this Convention,” Kasich said. – I know that Joe Biden, with his experience, wisdom, and integrity, can unite us in the search for a better path.”
Trump did not leave unanswered criticism of his address, trying to downplay the significance of the speeches of leading Democrats.
“Who wants to listen to a pre-recorded speech by Michelle Obama?” he asked, speaking at a campaign event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, adding that he would be speaking “live from the White House.”
At the same time, the President issued a warning, saying that the November 3 election could be rigged.
“Just make sure your votes are counted,” he told his supporters. – Make sure, because we can only lose this election if it is rigged. Remember this. This is the only way we can lose this election, so we need to be very careful.”
The coronavirus pandemic forced Democrats to rethink the format of the Convention, significantly reducing face-to-face meetings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and turning it into four-day, two-hour virtual speeches and Prime-time events.
The central theme of the first evening was the problems caused by the coronavirus outbreak faced by Americans, including the economic consequences and the fight against racial injustice, according to the organizers of the Congress.
Presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden has been leading in national opinion polls for the past few weeks.
President Trump is expected to be officially nominated for a second term at the Republican Party Convention, whose organization was also affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
As part of his election campaign, Donald Trump is visiting Wisconsin and Minnesota. The President will be in Arizona on Tuesday and in Biden’s hometown of Pennsylvania on Thursday.